[python-win32] Re: How to create Windows directory shortcut from Python (answered)

G. Ken Holman gkholman@CraneSoftwrights.com
Tue, 18 Mar 2003 21:23:38 -0500

With many thanks to Paul Prescod who related the answer to me off-list, I 
downloaded the Windows extensions found at:


and used the following code that created a directory shortcut on my T drive 
named "test" that points to the "ftemp" directory (also on T):

import sys
import win32com.client

shell = win32com.client.Dispatch("WScript.Shell")
shortcut = shell.CreateShortCut("t:\\test.lnk")
shortcut.Targetpath = "t:\\ftemp"

Note that when I used "/" instead of "\\" in the pathnames the shortcut was 
*not* created properly.

At 2003-03-17 15:34 -0500, I wrote:
>I'm wondering if anyone has figured out how to create a Windows directory 
>shortcut (Windows equivalent of a linked directory) from within a Python 
>I can create a shortcut from the Windows Explorer by a right-click copy 
>and selecting "Create Shortcuts Here" ... I'm looking for a Python 
>solution to do the same action.
>I had anticipated the Windows implementation of os.symlink() would have 
>done it, but there appears to be no implementation of os.symlink() under 
>I could find nothing in a search of the archive of this list.
>Thanks for any help you can be!
>................. Ken

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